What defied all understanding, however, was the indifference and utter passivity of the Barak government in view of the further desecration of the Temple Mount and the destruction of irreplaceable archeological treasures. When members of Knesset attempted to conduct an investigation of the construction activities on the Temple Mount they were rudely prevented from doing so by their own, Israeli police. However, united efforts of Jews in Israel and from abroad temporarily put a halt to this wanton destruction Adnan Husseini (another relative of Arafat), director of the Islamic Trust, terms a “renovation of Islamic holy sites.”
Leading Moslem religious figures declared during the Camp David II meetings that “No Moslem has the right to give up Jerusalem or the holy places!” The Egyptian Mufti Nasser Vassel, considered the most important religious leader in the Arab world, claims that “Jerusalem and all of Palestine (i.e., Israel) are sacred Moslem property, and any concession on Jerusalem or elsewhere in Palestine is unacceptable under Moslem law and does not obligate the Arab nation.” These Moslem leaders speak of “concessions” on the part of the Arabs as if Jerusalem was already their capital, and not Israel’s. They raise the stakes and call for a show of cards while holding nothing in their own hands, sure that their bluff will once again dupe the Israelis and the nations.
On September 28th, when the Likud leader, Arik Sharon, went to visit the Temple Mount together with a few MK’s, he required massive police protection. Feisal Husseini immediately seized the opportunity of such an outrage to claim: “Sharon thought that this place belongs to the Israelis, but the way he entered, with thousands of police protecting him, was clear proof to all the world that the Israelis have no sovereignty here.”
Perhaps the next thing Feisal Husseini will suggest is that the Bible is an invention, and that Solomon never built a Temple there according to the divine pattern given to King David his father, and that King Herod did not enlarge the Second Temple in which Yeshua taught.
Yasser Arafat called Arik Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount "a dangerous process conducted by Sharon against Islamic sacred places," and called upon Arab and Moslem states to take action to protect the site which Moslems call Haram al-Sharif (Holy Sanctuary). Arafat’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudainah, even called the Jewish leader’s visit to the Temple Mount “an incitement to terror, which can lead to religious confrontation.” Palestinians, always ready to vent their hatred against the Israelis, immediately went into rioting with the usual hurling of rocks, injuring 34 of the Israeli policemen.
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